Plone User Training

Empowering Plone admins and content editors

This half day non-technical class is geared towards individuals who will be managing a Plone website or creating content. It assumes that students have a basic understanding of web technologies.  No previous experience with Plone is required. This is a hands-on class and students should bring a laptop computer.

If you would like to do some reading before the class, we recommend A User's Guide to Plone by Thomas Lotze and Jan Ulrich Hasecke (available as a free download), or the Plone user documentation.

The following syllabus may be adjusted slightly depending on student interests.

First Hour

GETTING STARTED

  • What is a Content Management System?
  • Logging in to Plone

CREATING CONTENT

  • Content types
    • Pages
    • Files, Images
    • News, Events
  • Adding content - Exercise

WORKFLOW

  • Workflow states
    • Private
    • Published
    • Submitted
  • Publishing content - Exercise

Second Hour

INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE

  • Designing a usable IA
    • Browsing
    • Searching
    • Collections
  • Finding content - Exercise

FOLDERS

  • Contents tab
    • Navigating folders
    • Reordering content
    • Cutting, pasting, and deleting content
  • Managing content - Exercise
  • Organizing content in folders
    • What can be added
    • Folder views
    • Default pages

Third Hour

RICH PAGE CONTENT

  • WYSIWYG editing
  • Inline editing
  • Links
  • Managing images
  • Metadata
  • Keywords
  • Related items
  • Commenting
  • Publishing dates
  • Rich page editing - Exercise

Fourth Hour

COLLECTIONS

  • What are collections?
  • Criteria
  • Ordering
  • Sub-collections
  • Views
  • Adding collections - Exercise

PORTLETS

  • Managing portlets
  • Portlet types
    • Static portlets
    • Collection portlets
    • RSS portlets
    • Calendar and Event portlets
    • News portlets
  • Adding portlets - Exercise